Giving Alexandre Dumas’ classic novel a steampunky twist, complete with flying ships and Indiana Jones-esqe booby traps, this new version of The Three Musketeers is a fast-paced ride, though some of the cast do get lost in the background along the way.
Surprisingly entertaining in the face of one-dimensional characters and a plot stuffed full of clichés, I enjoyed this new interpretation of Robert E. Howard’s sword-wielding warrior, though I was left rather unsatisfied by the whole experience.
The first twenty minutes or so, showcasing Conan’s “he was born on the battlefield” bloody entry into the violent world of Hyboria, and his life as a young Cimmerian, feature the closest thing the film comes to actual character development.
With the growing popularity of streaming media and services like Netflix and Redbox it is well known that Hollywood is trying anything and everything it can to get people in seats. It’s an odd time for the film industry and studios have decided that it’s not shy about showing that it only cares about one thing, money. These days it’s all about ticket sales, with the endless stream of sequels and remakes it’s apparent that if a franchise made at least a small amount of money in the past, you bet they’ll revive it. This year we have reboots of both the X-Men and Spider-Man franchises being released, both of which are less than 5 years old. Last year we learned that director James Cameron is working on a post processed conversion of his 1997 release Titanic. Now the Hollywood Reporter reports that a post converted 3D version of Star Wars Episode One: The Phantom Menace will be released to theaters on February 10th, 2012, the next film in the series being released the year after. Read the rest of this entry